Notary Public Wellington & Auckland | Drivers Notary Public for all notarial services

Member of:

NZ Society of Notaries

A Fellow of:

Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries

Associate member of:

The Notaries Society UK

Contact:

Tel: 021 181 5619
Wellington: Level 4, 57 Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Auckland: Level 5, 235 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand
E-mail: drivers@notarial.co.nz

Authentication of New Zealand education, business and other documents for use abroad is an important function carried out by Drivers. We are familiar with all DIA/MFAT and foreign embassy requirements. We assist offshore clients, agencies and institutions with a complete, high quality one-stop service.

Drivers provide specialty notarial services only.

What we do:

  • authenticate education documents such as graduation certificates/school records
  • authenticate personal documents for immigration/emigration purposes, or to apply to marry or work overseas etc
  • prepare and authenticate Powers of Attorney for use overseas
  • provide notarial certified copies of documents
  • deal with the purchase and sale of land and property overseas
  • prepare and authenticate consents to take children overseas etc
  • authenticate company and business documents and transactions
  • provide certificates as to the status of a company, its constitution and directors

Apostilles/Further authentication/Foreign embassy legalisation:

In most cases an Apostille is affixed to documents by the Dept of Internal Affairs. Further authentication by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade and the requisite foreign embassy may be necessary. Drivers usually obtains these at the expense of the client.

Identification requirements:

Proper evidence of identity is strictly necessary.

Personal clients:

In order to meet the high standard of Notarial acts, individuals must provide proof of identity and address. This means you must show the Notary personal documents including:

  • valid signed passport
  • birth, marriage, divorce certification
  • deed poll on change of name
  • recent utility bill or bank statement

If you do not have these documents, the Notary will advise you on how best to prove who you are. A New Zealand Driver’s Licence is not sufficient to prove identity without supplementary evidence.

Business clients:

In the case of companies, details of the proof and information required should be discussed in advance with the Notary. In addition to proof of personal identity, the Notary will carry out his own inquiries to verify the company’s existence and constitution. Proof of the representative’s capacity and authority to sign on behalf of the company will be required.

FAQs:

What does it mean to have a document notarised? This means your identity, signature and sometimes the document must be authenticated by a Notary Public.

The Notary will sign it, place his embossed seal on it, often add his formal certificate and may tie it up with ribbon so it can’t be interfered with.

Why is this necessary? The document will be for use in a country other than New Zealand. A Notary Public may be the only person recognised by that country as having the authority to provide the required authentication of identity, signature and document.

Why a Notary Public? Because a Notary Public has special legal qualifications. Neither a NZ lawyer nor a Justice of the Peace has authority to do this work.

Is that all? No; while the Notary Public authenticates you, your signature and possibly your document, the Dept of Internal Affairs (and sometimes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade and the foreign embassy as well) must authenticate the signature and seal of the Notary Public. After this procedure, under the Hague Convention, the document will be given full legal credence in the country of destination.

Is there anything else? Yes. Fees are payable each step of the way – to the Notary Public, DIA, MFAT and the foreign embassy as necessary.

Notarial responsibilities:

Proper evidence of identity is strictly necessary. The Notary will need to be satisfied of any represented legal capacity and authority, client comprehension and understanding of documents, effectiveness of documentation, interpretation and/or translation from or into other languages, validity, signature and witnessing, and observance of required formalities.

Notarial acts require a high standard of expertise and care, as reliance on the Notarial act is made by clients, third parties, foreign governments and officials. The Notary Public has a responsibility to protect against error, omission, alterations, fraud and forgery.

Protocol:

The Notary Public is required to keep and maintain a formal Register of all Notarial acts. Copies of documents produced ancillary to or in support of Notarial acts may be required for retention, as will copies or original duplicates of Notarial acts, to form part of the required Notarial register and record.

Regulated by the NZ Society of Notaries and the Faculty of the Archbishop of Canterbury.